: I just ordered my first hand plane after contemplating it for a long
: while. Because of this, I started doing some research on sharpening and
: have settled on Norton Waterstones.
: Anyway, I was just wondering why I don't hear much about using leather
: for the final step instead of 8000 grit waterstone? It seems like quite
: a few people are happy with it?
: Any advice? Should I sharpen to 8k and forget about it? Sharpen to 4k
: and then go to leather? or sharpen to 8k and then go to leather? or
: forget about leather, it is not worth it? I was thinking about getting
: some leather and chromium Oxide, sharpen to 4k and the go to the
'Honing' on leather is actually 'stropping'.
However, stropping is usually a resort for woodcarvers for whom an extremely
sharp edge and polished bevel are essential.
One could say the same for some delicate cross-grain paring for some
elements of fine woodworking, but edges of this kind could be overkill for
much joinery and carpentry.
There have been (unproven) assertions that polished edges are less durable
than those made with finer abrasives.
Jeff Gorman, West Yorkshire, UK
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